Five Cultural Attractions to Enjoy in San José, Costa Rica

Five Cultural Attractions to Enjoy in San José, Costa Rica

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July 31, 2018

For many visitors and even many expats who’ve lived in Costa Rica for years, the country’s capital, San José, remains a very utilitarian destination, so to speak. As the commercial center, it’s the place go for the best shopping in the country. If you can get it in Costa Rica, it’s in San José. And as the governmental center, when you’re going through the residence process…you end up in San José.

Health Care in Colombia: Top Quality and Affordable

Health Care in Colombia: Top Quality and Affordable

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July 30, 2018

Before moving to South America in 2008, I worked independently and couldn’t afford health insurance. Here in Colombia, where health care costs are low, I used to pay out of pocket for medications and basic services, such as a dental checkup, which costs around $25. Even so, I often went without the care I needed to avoid extra expenses.

5 Places Where You Can Rent for $500 A Month or Less

5 Places Where You Can Rent for $500 A Month or Less

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July 16, 2018

Housing costs can take up a large chunk of your monthly budget, but there are expat havens around the world where your rent could be $500 per month or less. When it comes to getting more bang-for-your-buck, we have found five places where rent is so affordable, you’ll have money left over to indulge in the finer things...

How I Turned Photography Into an Income That Funds My Travel

How I Turned Photography Into an Income That Funds My Travel

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July 16, 2018

Hitting milestones in anyone’s life can be pretty amazing. Big or small, they give us a reason to celebrate. I keep careful track of my stock photography images, as well as the sites I list them on in hopes of a new sale, so when I recently passed the 15,000 image mark, I was ecstatic. Read more...: How I Turned Photography Into an Income That Funds My Travel

Pros and Cons of Retiring Abroad

Pros and Cons of Retiring Abroad

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July 12, 2018

The decision to retire abroad is not something that should be taken lightly. For many people it’s the best decision they’ve ever made—the adventure of a lifetime. And their only regret is that they didn’t make the move sooner. While other people just can’t adapt to life in a new country. How do you figure into which camp you fall...

Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

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July 10, 2018

For decades Costa Rica has been among the world’s premier retirement destinations. It still is. Chuck and his wife Anna launched their Pura Vida lifestyle in 2012. They sought a mild climate, better healthcare, amazing views, and lots to do…and all at a lower cost of living. You’ll find established and welcoming expat communities all across the country. It’s easy to make friends to explore the jungle with, or to share an ice-cold, two-buck Pilsen beer while watching the sun set from a beach.

Popular Costa Rica: Is the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle for You?

Popular Costa Rica: Is the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle for You?

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July 1, 2018

The 2014 Fast Track Costa Rica Conference is over and done with - and as expected, it was a roaring success. I'd wager the people who attended this conference were people who had read and heard about Costa Rica's breath-taking natural beauty, very affordable cost of living, and the Pura Vida lifestyle—and were interested in seeing if it's somewhere where they could enjoy a happier retirement for less than what they are paying at home.

How to Learn Spanish

How to Learn Spanish

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June 28, 2018

The very best way to enjoy the culture of any country is by being able to speak the language. And fortunately, Spanish is one of the easiest languages to quickly pick up. You don't have to be fluent. You don't need to be perfect every single time. But you do need to master a few basics...